The holidays are often a time of travel for you and your children. This year, instead of fighting the seemingly endless battles with your kids and possibly your ex-spouse, plan ahead for travel and take some of the stress off your shoulders. Here are some tips for safe and happy travels with your children during this busy holiday season:
- Book early. The sooner you finalize your tickets, rental car and other details about your trip, the better. Holiday travel tends to fill up early, so book now to ensure that you will not have problems later.
- Pack a bag. You should have your kid’s suitcases packed well in advance, particularly if you are going to be traveling to a place where the climate is very different. Be sure to add in jackets, scarves, mittens and other cold-weather gear if appropriate, or shorts, sandals and bathing suits if you are headed for a tropical location. Invest in a few sample sizes of personal items such as toothpaste or shampoo to make sure you have everything you and your children need for your trip.
- Get your paperwork in order. If you are taking your children across state lines or even across international boundaries, it is important to have paperwork in your possession verifying your right to transport the children as well as information about their medical histories and other pertinent facts. Create a folder with this documentation. If you are traveling internationally, you may need a notarized statement from your former spouse acknowledging that you are taking the children out of the country.
- Have a backup plan. Unfortunately, children get sick, cars break down and other things happen that can change your travel plans. If you are forced to abandon your holiday trip, have a “Plan B” in place for your time with the kids.
- Be flexible. Remember that the point of traveling with your children is to enjoy yourselves. Be flexible and allow some time for mishaps; everyone will be more relaxed and will have more fun.
The attorneys at the Men’s Legal Center are ready to help you with your divorce, child custody, child support and other family issues. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the complicated matters surrounding divorce and custody and arrive at a feasible, workable agreement for you and your children.